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Re: aground vs hard aground
To me, the difference is whether you can get back underway without assistance from another boat.
But tow services generally define it differently. A "hard grounding" to them is something that requires them to go above and beyond the normal service of tossing a line and pulling on it, and incurs additional fees. You don't really want to tell them you're "hard aground" - let them make that determination if they must.
Our local SeaTow guy likes to tell a story about a high-powered bass fishing boat whose owner had managed to launch it at least 100 feet ashore, then got upset when the recovery wasn't covered under his standard SeaTow membership. THAT's "hard aground."
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Last edited by SecondWindNC; 08-08-2013 at 05:04 PM.